Slice And Bake Icebox Holiday Cookies

So many people I know say they hate baking or they can’t bake, or they simply are not patient enough to bake.  I get it.  But come holiday time, even those who don’t typically bake find themselves baking especially cookies.  I have fond memories of spending countless hours frosting and decorating sugar cookies.  Although I loved this activity, it was exhausting.  It was not until I became a mom and began making and baking cut-out sugar cookies that I realized how exhausting this was for my mother!

icebox holiday cookies

Holiday cookies can be a labor of love, but they don’t have to be so draining and time-consuming either.  These are icebox cookies, also known as refrigerator cookies. They are super easy.  Icebox cookies are simple, straightforward slice-and-bake cookies that are a great option for the holiday season.  You can also make more than one kind without feeling like you have been baking forever.
icebox holiday cookies

Icebox holiday cookies (and cakes) are something my grandmother used to make.  She could make different varieties for friends and family as gifts without baking for the entire month of December.  She was a smart lady. Icebox cookies are also great in that they keep their form well.  You simply make the dough, roll it into a long even log shape, and chill it in the refrigerator until needed.

icebox holiday cookies

This makes them an easy cookie option for busy days, parties, and large groups.  When you need them, slice, decorate, and bake, and within 10 minutes, you have delicious holiday cookies.  Below are a few of my favorite icebox holiday cookie varieties: classic sugar, cranberry-orange cornmeal, chocolate-pecan shortbread, and lemon. Make your holiday prep just a tad bit easier this year with these recipes for easy flavorful slice-and-bake cookies.

icebox holiday cookies

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

8 thoughts on "Slice And Bake Icebox Holiday Cookies"

  1. Avatar photo Erin Dolinko says:

    Just made two batches of these, the boys can’t wait to eat them!

    1. Thanks Erin, this makes me very happy.

  2. Avatar photo Renee Despins says:

    It is wonderful that you recall – and honor – the memories and cookie- making abilities – of your mother and grandmother. I am so proud of your baking talents and I suspect Grandma Helen is smiling down happily watching your efforts too. Great job, thanks for sharing. Love, Mom.

    1. Best mom ever. Thank you 🙂

  3. Avatar photo Natalie says:

    These cookies are just beautiful! I love slice and bake cookies – it’s always nice to have a cookie roll in the freezer. Thanks for the recipes 🙂

    1. Thank you Natalie, I hope you like these 🙂

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